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Reunion Offers Classmates to “Remember, Rekindle, Reunite”

By Casey Cora | January 8, 2013 6:55am | Updated on January 8, 2013 6:56am

BRIDGEPORT  — Remember those gatherings where kids from other rival grade schools sauntered into your school's gymnasium for mixers?

It’s happening again, but this one’s for adults.

The first-ever “All Schools Reunion” thrown by the Bridgeport Catholic Academy is scheduled for Feb. 2 at Nativity of Our Lord church hall, 653 W. 37th St. Tickets for the 21 and over event are $25, available for purchase at the door.

The BYOB event is expected to bring together generations of alumni from All Saints-St. Anthony, St. Bridget, St. David, St. George, Immaculate Conception, St. John, St. Mary of Perpetual Help and Nativity of Our Lord.

Most of those schools consolidated in 1985 into the Bridgeport Catholic Academy, which holds classes its pre-K through eighth grade classes in the Nativity of Our Lord building, 3700 S. Lowe Ave.

"It’s somewhat of an identity crisis with all the feeder schools that were at one time very viable but are no more," former principal and current development director Lillian Buckley. "I guess in that sense [the reunion] is a first-time endeavor."

Buckley is expecting a crowd of anywhere from 50 to 150 people, but wouldn't be surprised if many more, or many less, turn out.

"The church hall holds 500-plus. We’ve had as many as 350 to 400 for dinners there and I’m not really worried about that," she said, adding that they'll have security there just in case.

"I know when booze and people are involved, it’s just good to have security," she said.

A final planning meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.